Milan, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Verona
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Soak up the magnificence of the Italian lakes
Upon arrival into Milan, make your own way to the hotel. Day is at leisure to explore the city at your own pace. Suggest a visit to the Duomo with its terraces, the Castello Sforzesco, and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Overnight in Milan.
Breakfast at the hotel. Make your own way to Milan Central Station and take the train to Lake Maggiore. The shores of this lake are shared between Switzerland and Italy. The name Maggiore derives from the fact that it is the largest of the lakes in the area, but among the Italian lakes, it is the second largest after Lake Garda. The train will take you to Stresa, the most famous resort on the western shore. Make your own way to the hotel and then spend the rest of the day at leisure, strolling through the beautiful and picturesque streets of this town. Overnight in Lake Maggiore.
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the famous Borromean Islands, a small archipelago that owes its fame to its three main islands: Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Ile) and Isola Bella. The first stop will be Isola Madre, the largest of the three and the most important island on Lake Maggiore. On the island is a 16th-century palace set in a magnificent English-style botanical garden dating back to the late 19th century. From Isola Madre one then goes to Isola dei Pescatori which is the only public island of the three and is also the only one permanently inhabited by a small community. Isola Bella, on the other hand, is famous for its paradisiacal Italian garden with the Teatro Massimo at its centre, composed of ten terraces forming a truncated pyramid adorned with statues and fountains; the scenery is of rare beauty! The garden and palace were commissioned by Count Vitalino Borromeo in 1650, but it took a good four centuries to transform a rock into the magnificent work we visit today. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. Overnight in Lake Maggiore.
Breakfast at the hotel. Make your own way to the train station and board the local train that will take you to discover the beauty of another famous Italian lake: Lake Como. The train will pass through valleys and landscapes typical of northern Italy, moving from Piedmont to Lombardy, before arriving in the charming town of Como. Como is known for its Gothic style cathedral, the panoramic funicular railway and the pedestrian path along the lake. The Educational Silk Museum illustrates the history of Como’s silk industry, while the Tempio Voltiano is a museum dedicated to the physicist Alessandro Volta. To the north are the lakeside gardens of Villa Olmo and other elegant villas. Upon arrival, make your own way to the hotel. Afternoon is at leisure to stroll through the streets of this beautiful town or take the funicular and enjoy the breath-taking views of the lake from above. Overnight in Lake Como.
Breakfast at the hotel. Discover the beauty of Lake Como, on the stretch of the lake that leads from Como to Bellagio. Your included ticket allows you to get off at each stop and visit the various villages on the western shore. Arriving in Bellagio, devote some time to visiting this romantic town, situated exactly between the two arms of Lake Como. Bellagio is known for its cobbled streets, elegant buildings and the Villa Serbelloni Park, an 18th-century terraced garden overlooking the lake. Be careful not to be distracted by such beauty and be sure to check the ferry return times to Como! On the way back to Como, you can admire the changing colours of the lake in the late afternoon light. Overnight in Como.
Breakfast at the hotel. Make your own way to the train station before boarding the train to Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet. Upon arrival, make your own way to the hotel. Time at leisure to stroll around the city or visit the famous Arena di Verona. Overnight in Verona.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, visit Verona with the help of an expert local guide (small group tour). The guide will take you on a tour where you will meet people from the past who helped build the Verona of today and learn about legendary stories that have made the city famous throughout the world. You will see the main monuments, such as Juliet’s balcony, Piazza delle Erbe, Castelvecchio, the Lamberti Tower and the Arena (visit from the outside). You will also discover that there is a medieval castle in the centre and that some bridges have withstood more than one war. The visit will become more than just a historical tour and you will also learn more about the way of life and thinking of the Veronese people. Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Verona.
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1 night accommodation in Milan
2 nights accommodation in Lake Maggiore
2 nights accommodation in Lake Como
2 nights accommodation in Verona
Touring with multilingual speaking guide
Tours as per itinerary
2nd class regional train ticket from Milano Centrale to Stresa
2nd class regional train ticket from Stresa to Como
2nd class high speed or local train ticket from Como to Verona (Como – Milano – Verona)
Optional upgrade to 1st class train ticket – $25 AUD per person. Available to select at time of booking.
Optional upgrade to 1st class train ticket – $32 AUD per person. Available to select at time of booking.
Return ticket for public boat to the Borromean Islands plus entrance ticket to Isola Bella and Isola Madre
Return ticket for public boat at Lake Como (Como – Bellagio – Como) with the possibility of intermediate stops
Entrance fee to Verona Arena
Transfers to and from train stations. Note: hotels will be located within walking distance from stations.
Entrance tickets to monuments and/or museums
Tourist/city taxes that may apply. These will need to be paid locally
Any beverages or meals not listed in itinerary
Extras, tips, porterage service
Optional tours and experiences
Passport and visa fees
Any items of a personal nature
All rates are based on twin/double share. Please enquire for single and triple rates. Rates are based on AUD.
Availability is conditional on final confirmation from the supplier and is subject to change.
Accommodation is subject to change without notice. Every effort is made to avoid hotel changes but should a mid-tour hotel change become necessary after this list has been printed, contact details of the new hotel will be supplied to you by your Tour Director.
Hotel rooms may not be available for check-in before 2:00 p.m.
Class of rail ticket is based on 2nd class unless the optional upgrade to 1st class has been selected at the time of booking- this is valid on the route Milan-Verona only.
The itinerary of the tour and the days of excursions may be modified for technical reasons. In any case, all visits and excursions mentioned on the itinerary will be guaranteed or replaced by similar ones.
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